Review: ‘Peanuts 1960’s Collection’ DVD

Robert Greenberger

Robert Greenberger is best known to comics fans as the editor of Who's Who In The DC Universe, Suicide Squad, and Doom Patrol. He's written and edited several Star Trek novels and is the author of The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. He's known for his work as an editor for Comics Scene, Starlog, and Weekly World News, as well as holding executive positions at both Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

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  1. Allyn Gibson says:

    I'll be honest and tell you that I am in the minority who felt that Peanuts stopped being funny after 1972 and should have been retired long before Charles M. Schulz's death.Bob, I have to disagree with you. And not just because you'd have had Peanuts retired before I was born. :)I think the strip coasted in the 80s, true. When you compare that period to the first seven or eight volumes of the Fantagraphics collections, the spark isn't quite there. That's also the point where the look of the characters stopped evolving; there are distinct differences between the look of the characters until that point.However, when Schulz changed the focus of the strip in the 90s to Rerun, I thought Peanuts found its voice again. Rerun having to navigate nursery school and kindergarten was hilarious. Rerun was flat-out mental. Rerun also accounted for what I think are two of the most emotionally affecting strips of the series. One has Rerun in an art museum; while everyone else is looking at a Matisse, Rerun looks at a painting of Mutts's Earl. The other is the final kick-the-football strip, which has Lucy delegating the football holding duties to her youngest brother, and ends with Rerun's cryptic "You'll never know."The emphasis on Rerun in the final years altered the character dynamics drastically. Charlie Brown was no longer always the loser; he became, in many ways, Rerun's defender and the voice of reason. Witness the Joe Agate story, where Charlie Brown has to put his marbles skills to the test against a hustler. Rerun's presence allowed Charlie Brown and the other characters to grow up.It's still going to be a few years until Fantagraphics gets to the Rerun era of Peanuts, and that's going to lead to a few years of generic Peanuts stories. But when they get there, we'll have the Peanuts renaissance.